Today's Lectionary Text
Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down. The Lord shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!
Trusting someone or in something is like a being on a roller coaster ride for many people. Sometimes our trust in people or in something works out for the best and things are good. Then there are other times that the trust factor was broken due to the person we trusted either lied to us or they could not complete what they said they could. Or if we have trust in something, such as a vehicle, sometimes it breaks down, or has a flat tire or runs out of fuel. The trust in people or things involves verification. The saying that we should “trust yet verify” is good advice. Some situations require the proof of performance.
In Psalm 146 the Psalmist talks about the trials and difficulties of trusting in people. The problem is stated, and the solution or answer is also given. The answer is God. With God the verification has been completed. The word of God states over and over how God brings his people out of distress, and out of stressful or helpless situations. The creator of the universe and all within it is no stranger to the smallest detail of our lives. God is aware that we have needs and is there with the answer. The answer may a food for our table, clothing for our children or freedom from oppression. Whatever the problem is, God is there. Even if there is not a problem now in our lives, God is there. The answer is for us to look to God, not ourselves for the solution.
Pastor, Bucklin UMC
Prayer for Reflection
Dear Lord, we pray that we would open our lives to you and let you show us the way. Thanks be to God! Amen.
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